Friday, October 20, 2006

Happy Birthday Max and Maggie!

October 17 my Yellow Lab Max turned 1!
October 20 my Shih Poo Maggie turned 1!

Happy Birthday to my Babies!!!!


My 2 Hunters!

This afternoon Nick and Jeffrey along with Mollie and Max the Labs left to go hunting in Watertown, South Dakota. They are meeting up with Nick's Uncle, a long time family friend and his Adult Son. This is an annual tradition (baring Nick working and not getting injured). This is also a big deal because it is Jeffrey and Max's first time hunting. And this is an emotional deal because my father-in-law, Gar, was supposed to take them out for their first time. It has been hard on Nick and myself to think that this was the most important thing to Gar and he is missing out.
Nick did go with Jeffrey and get hunting clothes.. here are some pictures...

And Nick got a couple things.. so here is him and a pick of Samantha trying to do the same pose (both pics by Jeffrey)...

Of course I will have more pics after this weekend.. they will be getting back Monday or Tuesday and I cannot wait to hear all about it.


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Friday, October 13, 2006

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Jogging Quote

The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you're not in shape for it, it's too far to walk back.
Franklin P. Jones

Funny... I kind of felt this way yesterday... the kids and I went for a walk and it was pretty far for Jeffrey to go - Samantha was in the stroller - and I was so worried we wouldn't make it back. He only started giving up about a block from the house... but he made it (and so did I!)
That is why I have said I love treadmills... if you can't make it you can just hop off!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Quote for my 350th post

Ok... I just saw this and had to post.

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
Don Marquis (1878 - 1937)

This coming from one of the world's biggest procrastinators who should be cleaning the house or something instead of on this computer. But I can always do it tomorrow, right?

Ah well... off to figure out dinner.. can't quite put that off!!


Saturday, October 07, 2006

Vote for Mollie and Max!

Ok.. so per Roxanne's suggestion, I entered my dogs in a photo contest... if you would like to vote, go here:

Thanks in advance!


Friday, October 06, 2006

No Consequences

Ok... Stacy posted the latest blog challenge question on Scrapshare a couple days ago.. here is the challenge:

Q: If you could live one day without consequences, what would you do? Would you
get a tattoo just to see what it was like? Would you skip work or school and
sleep all day? Would you have a one-night-stand, or would you buy a yacht, or
would you tell your parents what you REALLY think of them? If you could live one
day without consequences, what would you do?

And I have been doing some thinking.

Well I would start off the day with hiring a helper. Someone who could change diapers, make meals and take care of the kids in the evening. I would then sleep in and wake up next to Nick, who would also be sleeping in. We would get up and the helper would get the kids dressed and have a scrumptuous meal of waffles and sausage and all sorts of other breakfast goodies prepared for us.
Next we would head to the Mall of America in our Corvette Convertable (rented or bought just for the occasion) for a (half) day of shopping. Nick and I could update our wardrobe, while Jeffrey and Samantha could get some fun toys. Next, my helper would take the kids on the rides and Nick and I would head off to a spa for a half day of treatment, massage, facial, the works!
We would meet back up with the kids and any one else who wanted to come for a dinner at an expensive restaurant.
And we would finish up the night with my parents watching the kids and us going to a Radisson hotel for the night (because they have Select Comfort beds).

Yea.. it is probably similar to what a lot of people would do... and since I only have a day, it wouldn't be worth it to add traveling to this. I guess the biggest thing would be a day of not worrying about money.


Fall "poetry"

It is a sad day in Twinsville,
there playoff hopes have been dashed
And in homes around Minnesota,
homer hankies have been stashed

The air outside is changing
A little cooler and crisper
But today a warm wind blows
like a summer whisper

It is October they say
And spooks are a saying boo
With witches and pumpkins
and skeletons too

Another big milestone
at month's end
Samantha turns 3
and invites we will send

And now I finish
this terrible poem
Tonight I hope you journey
to your safe, warm, home


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Thursday, October 05, 2006

...before your Dad gets home.

I find myself saying to my kids to "do such-and-such before your Dad gets home". And after saying that for the 5 billionth time, I have come to a realization. Mom's (and Dad's if the Mom is the sole "provider") sometimes say this, not because the Dad will get mad if it isn't done, more that Moms want a "threat" that works.
Can you tell it has been a stressful day with the kids?
Right now I am trying to get them to clean up their toys.. and of course I want it done before Nick gets home because that gives them a deadline. He is so tired and stressed with work, he doesn't notice the messes as much.
I know how I am going to feel that day based on if the kids wake me up or not. This morning, they woke me up and were already driving me nuts.
And of course they had their daily fight that results in a double time out.

For the first time in my life, I am truly feeling stress.



Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Books: Shopaholic Series

Since I became a Stay at Home Mom the beginning of June, I have re-found my love of reading. Mostly because I now have the time to read. And since then I have read about 17 books. One of the books I have read are the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella:

These books are the story of Becky Bloomwood... shopaholic. They are chick-lit, amusing and very fun and fast to read. I recommend it!
I just cannot wait for the next one to come out next year.


Doggie Pics!

Ok... just had to post a couple dog pics!!

Here is Maggie the other day:

And here is Mollie and Max in their "house":


September Recap

Yep! Again I am behind in my blogging. I have no clue why.. I still spend time on the computer.. I guess this takes more effort.

September was a good month.

We started off the month with our annual trip to the MN State Fair

kids got cranky midway through, so my Mom and Dad came by and picked them up.. after that it was just Nick and I!!!

Then Jeffrey had his first day of (his second year of) preschool. He now goes 3 mornings a week in one of the Elementary school buildings. And he seems to really like it. Samantha also enjoys the 2 1/2 hours he is gone because she gets 100% of the attention and toys!

We had out Church's Festival and the kids had a chance to go on some rides.

That weekend was also the End of Summer BBQ at my friend Roxanne's (and her fiance Josh) house. Too bad it felt like mid fall that weekend. But I still enjoyed getting to see her place and meet her puppy. Here is Roxanne w/ her dogs Goofy (white/orange) and Fredo (black) along with my Maggie

September 11 I turned 27 as a previous blog said.

That week I also got to meet up with some members that visited the Mall of America - Stacie, Jill, Julie and I along with my 2 kids, Stacie's kid Aidan, Jill's husband and my father all got to eat lunch and stroll around the mall at a great time of the day.

I also got to make my own Build A Bear, Violet the Velvet Teddy

I also had dinner w/ my family and parents at Red Lobster and went downtown for lunch with my friends Roxanne and Laura (and my kids), that week.

The next weekend Roxanne and I, along with her StepMom and Future-Mother-in-law, went to Blaine and then Stillwater for wedding dress shopping and lunch. Here is our view from where we ate at the Water Street Inn of the Famous Stillwater Lift Bridge.

Jeffrey and Samantha have also learned a little bit about the internet games!! I let them play on some safe websites with their favorite characters like Dora, Diego, Blue and Max and Ruby.

And of course the kids are having fun together (when they aren't fighting with each other).

And we closed out the month picking some of the carrots from the garden that Jeffrey planted.

Now onto October and the fall weather that is coming in!!